Mark Webber, Red Bull, Suzuka, 2012

Double DRS boosts Red Bull’s speed at Suzuka

F1 Fanatic round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Mark Webber, Red Bull, Suzuka, 2012In the round-up: A new Double DRS upgrade is believed to be behind Red Bull’s performance boost at Suzuka.


Top F1 links from the past 24 hours:

Red Bull RB8 – ‘double-DRS’ device (F1)

“Believed to have been introduced in Singapore, but only noticed this weekend in Suzuka, Adrian Newey’s new solution is activated by the movement of the flap when the DRS… is operated and has been spotted thanks to the bigger surface of bodywork used to fix the flap.”

Felipe Massa expected to stay at Ferrari for 2013 (BBC)

“Ferrari are expected to retain Felipe Massa for 2013 following his second place in the Japanese Grand Prix.”

Grosjean ‘moving on’ from new shunt (Autosport)

Mark [Webber] came to see me after the race and was obviously not happy, but I apologised and we have to move on.”

Hamilton criticises ‘crazy’ Perez (Reuters)

“‘I thought that he was going to do a crazy manoeuvre, which he did,’ said Hamilton, who finished fifth, of the first attempt. ‘Then (later) when he was behind me I saw it coming again so I moved a little to the inside, thinking that he was going to go up the inside so he couldn’t get by, and he just flew down the outside of me. So very interesting…'”

Title a long way off – Vettel (ESPN)

“We don’t know what will happen at the next race. It’s good to take the points today and let’s try to take the points at the next race. It’s a long season with some crazy racing.”

Sky Sports Formula 1 2012 – Tooned – Episode 7: The Rising Son (YouTube)

F1: Di Resta Ready For Upward Move (Speed)

“There?s always pressure on. It?s been a good in-team battle all year. At the end of the day, they?ll make decisions for reasons which maybe you won?t fully understand, reasons that might lead other ways.”

The subtle art of joining a new team (The Independent)

David Tremayne: “If Button was minded to, and if Hamilton was inclined to listen, the older Briton could give him some valuable advice on how to fit into a new milieu.”


Comment of the day

Sympathhy for Romain Grosjean was in short supply yesterday so here’s some from @Yobo01:

I?m really sorry for Grosjean. He is throwing away his career. He is very, very fast, but he keeps doing stupid mistakes. I watched the interview and he was clearly sorry, he clearly didn?t want to take any risks. I think that he gets confused too much. It?s like he can?t think about two things at the same time at the start. Today he was focused on Perez but he seemed to forget that there were cars everywhere.

I don?t know, I hope that he will learn eventually. It would be a shame if he doesn?t.

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On this day in F1

Jackie Stewart won the United States Grand Prix at Watkins Glen 40 years ago today, completing the 1972 season with back-to-back wins following his triumph at Mosport two weeks earlier.

Francois Cevert made it a Tyrrell one-two followed by Denny Hulme’s McLaren, while world champion Emerson Fittipaldi ended the season with two no-scores.

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